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    Default In-wall/In-ceiling comparable to RTi70

    I've really enjoyed the sound of the RTi70/CSi40 front stage in my HT. However, I've recently discovered that the tweeters in the RTi70s are not working. I'm looking into replacements with Polk CS. However, we built a house last fall and are considering moving to in-wall/in-ceiling speakers in the HT when we purchase a tv to mount over the fireplace. So what Polk in-wall/in-ceiling products have a similar sound to the RTi70s? The other question I have is the ceiling in the room where the HT is located is 14'. Since the wall for the front stage is an outside wall with two windows, a fireplace, and sprayed insulation I'll have to place in-wall speakers about 11-12' up. Would I be better off with in-ceiling speakers in this case?

    Here is a picture to give you and idea of what I'm talking about.

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    I'd go with a surround bar before I mounted in walls 11' up. I've got in ceilings for my surrounds in a 5.1, they're great for surrounds, but don't think I'd like them for mains.
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    I'm not a soundbar kind of guy. I've heard several and have never been impressed.

    I'm really surprised that no one will comment on in-wall or in-ceiling speakers. I figured doro, russman, or mantis would have some insight.

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    I've heard quite a few in-walls and in-ceilings (and installed a few for people), and I wouldn't trade my RTi70/CSi40 front soundstage for any of them. From those I've heard, the only ones that sounded really decent were ones that were pre-planned during construction with enclosures behind the speakers, and even then I'd rather have standalone towers or even some good bookshelf speakers if I had the option.

    Good luck, man. That's gonna be a tough placement. But for the record, I think some RTi70s would look quite nice on the sides of that fireplace. :D
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    Onkyo TX-NR3010 9.2 AVR
    Emotiva XPA-3 amp
    Polk RTi70 mains, CSi40 center, RTi38 surrounds, RTi28 rears and heights
    SVS 20-39CS+ subwoofer powered by Crown XLS1500
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    DarbeeVision DVP5000 video processor
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    That is a nightmare scenario for inwalls no matter what you do, the tweets kind of need to be at ear level for the front soundstage. Inwalls would be fine for rears. Polk has a free book on surround sound setup.

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